Zach MinersIDG News Service

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service

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NASA 'codeathon' challenge seeks apps for coastal flooding

The agency hopes to see a range of applications developed during its upcoming codeathon

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Wickr sees a business in securing other apps

The encrypted messaging startup is selling security tools, including enhanced encryption, to other app makers

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End-to-end encryption needs to be easier for users before Facebook embraces it

Facebook cites third-party services for users seeking end-to-end encryption

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Desktop search spending to fall this year as mobile grows, study finds

Google plays a critical role in the trends, eMarketer said

Video ads come to Facebook

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15-second ads will play automatically in users' feeds.

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Google testing new results layout, but does it make ads less obvious?

Google for many users has changed the way it displays advertiser links

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Yahoo gets help from Yelp to fight Google

Yelp user reviews and business information will appear in Yahoo search results.

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Desktop app will help turn your voice into songs

Imitone aims to replace the amateur musician's MIDI keyboard.

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Bitcoin is coming to Wall Street

The move signals a growing regulatory environment for the technology, and a recognition that virtual currencies need supervision.

Snowden advocates at SXSW for improved data security

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The best encryption may conflict with the business model of Google and Facebook, speakers said at the show

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Tracking with metadata: It's not all bad

Human rights groups are using metadata to verify the authenticity of eyewitness footage

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Khan Academy to offer free SAT prep

The tools were co-designed with the authors of the new SAT test, which will go back to a 1,600-point scale.

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No Internet? Facebook could fix that with drones

Facebook is in talks to buy unmanned aircraft maker Titan Aerospace, a report said

Bitcoin bank Flexcoin shuts down after massive theft

'We at Flexcoin have not lost anything," the site said last week. That changed rather dramatically earlier two days ago.

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Meetup site down after hacker sought to extort $300 from CEO

A series of DDoS attacks have crippled the site and its mobile apps